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Furniture Polish, Cleaner & Varnish Remover

Jar & SpoonThis page is packed with recipes and tips for caring for wood furniture…just a few ingredients required!

First, here are a few different mixes you can try for making beeswax polish…


2 1/2 cups Turpentine
4 oz Beeswax
2 TBS Carnauba Wax

Another one…

2 Pints Turpentine
1 Pint Linseed Oil
5 oz Beeswax
1 TBS Carnauba Wax

#3 – Paste

50/50 Beeswax and Turpentine

#4 – Paste

2 Wide Mouth Mason Jars
Mineral Spirits or Turpentine

Here’s a homemade varnish remover…

Part 1:

1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water (cold)

Part 2:

4 cups water (hot)
3/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup household ammonia
1 TBS vinegar



You can use this on wood items like tables, desks, chests and even ornaments. It can be used regularly / daily and has an antiseptic quality due to the rosemary used.

Please test a small area first to make sure there’s no discoloration.


Infusion Method:

You could substitute the water and rosemary essential oil with a rosemary infusion, just use 1/2 cup of the infusion in the cleaner instead of the 1/2 cup water and 6 drops rosemary essential oil:

Infusion Method (taken from this page [1]): Boil a quart of water, turn off heat, add herbal bath bag to water, cover, then steep (let it steep at least 20 minutes for best results). Note: Do not steep the herbs in an aluminum pot.

Store in an airtight container or sealed jar.